We have a variety of imaging technologies designed to screen for and detect breast tissue abnormalities and osteoporosis at the earliest, and most treatable stages. We now offer 3D digital mammography which can detect up to 41% more invasive breast cancers. We also offer:
- Screening Mammograms: A standard test to screen for possible abnormalities in breast tissue. Current guidelines recommend that all women receive a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Test results will be sent directly to your physician.
- Diagnostic Mammograms: For women who have experienced changes in breast tissue or have a finding on their screening mammogram, the diagnostic mammogram includes the routine breast-imaging views, and additional views that provide more information regarding the area in question. Your imaging results will be discussed with you before you leave, and a follow-up report will be sent to your physician.
- Breast Ultrasounds: A diagnostic tool that is used on its own or in combination with mammograms to provide additional detail about an area in question.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRIs use radio waves and powerful magnets to create detailed images of breast tissue. No radiation is used in the procedure. A one-time injection of non-iodine contrast material will be required before the procedure.
- Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Scan: This scan uses very low level x-rays to measure the density and mineral content of bones. The DEXA scan is used to detect osteoporosis at its earliest stages so treatments can begin as soon as possible.
- High Risk Counseling and Genetic Testing: Our counseling program is specifically for women who are at increased risk for developing breast cancer due to family history or other factors. We create a tailored plan for each patient, which includes ongoing observation and screenings. The plan may also include genetic counseling and testing for the genes that are associated with breast and ovarian cancers.
If a screening reveals a suspicious finding, there are a variety of ways to determine if the finding is benign or cancerous, including:
- Cyst Aspiration: Typically used when cysts are found. During this procedure, a fine needle is inserted into the cyst and fluid is extracted and may be tested.
- Ultrasound Guided Biopsy: Typically used when breast lesions are found under ultrasound that require tissue sampling. During this procedure, ultrasound guidance is used to target the exact location of the lesion. A needle is inserted into the lesion and tissue is extracted and tested.
- Stereotactic Guided Biopsy: Typically used when breast lesions are found under mammography that require tissue sampling. During this procedure, mammography imaging is used to target the exact location of the lesion. A needle is inserted into the lesion and tissue is extracted and tested.
- MRI Guided Biopsy: Typically used for findings identified under MRI that require tissue sampling. During this procedure, MRI is used to target the exact location of the abnormality. A needle is inserted into the area of concern and tissue is extracted and tested.
Please note: All biopsy results are usually available within 24 hours. You may need to temporarily stop certain medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements before certain procedures. Please speak to your doctor prior to making your appointment.
Our Board-Certified breast surgeons are available to conduct comprehensive consultations with all individuals considering surgery to treat everything from benign breast concerns to diagnosed malignancies. Consultations include a detailed medical history, a physical exam, and discussion about which surgical options are best for you. All our surgeons are trained in oncoplastic surgery for the best possible cosmetic outcome.